How to become a locksmith?

Published: 10th March 2008
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The dictionary definition of "locksmith"; "A Locksmith is one that makes or repairs locks" to put it bluntly. Locksmithing was (and still is), in essence, one of the earliest/best forms of security against many types of crimes or people.

In more recent years, the term has become a bit more expanded, to include many forms and types of locksmithing. Commercial (working out of a storefront), mobile (working out of a vehicle), institutional (employed by an institution) or investigational (forensic locksmiths) or may specialize in one aspect of the skill, such as an automotive lock specialist, a master key system specialist or a safe technician. They may also be security consultants or one of many other possible ends for this type of career. Are some examples of what becoming a locksmith may bring to you as a career choice?

Becoming a locksmith tends to be quite the job. Among other things, it takes skill, concentration, and creativity as well as patience to become a locksmith. It's wise to know all fields and opportunities that would be open to you. You must first consider which of them you'd like to take part in. All have Pros and Cons, such as pay, hours, skill, and others. This is why it can take some time to decide which of them you'd like to venture in first, as well as decide which one would be best for you. Also, most countries require completion of an Apprenticeship, or some level of formal education required. This varies from country to country. This tends to mean a lot of study and research is required, and it is best to check around for the levels of education and skills required to be a locksmith in your country before you make a decision, as the differences can impact your entire career.

There are two types of locksmith licenses:

• Automobile master key licenses are for individuals employed as locksmiths. These individuals are licensed to sell or be in possession of equipment that enables them to work on switches or locks of motor vehicles or business and/or residential door locks. These licenses are renewed every five years.

• Restricted automobile master key licenses are for individuals who fall under the automotive and auto body technician trades as well as tow truck drivers. This license restricts locksmith to be in possession of equipment that is designed strictly to operate the switches or locks of motor vehicles.

Locksmith is now being taught in several trade schools and engineering departments around the world. For example, Australia offers a degree in locksmithing in the school of engineering. While other schools offer a certificate. The primary way to become a locksmith to is become familiar with the makeup of the key and lock. Today, locksmiths do much more than repairing locks they must also be able to asses the potential break in factor and in some sense must implement the appropriate equipment with multiple locks and screen doors. Currently, there are several types of locks on the market, making it more difficult for the locksmith to become familiar with the nuts and bolts of the operation, literally.



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